Brazilian Spix’s Macaw
Scientific classification: Cyanopsitta spixii
The Spix’s macaw is still alive today—but only in zoos. There have been a few reported sightings of the colorful bird, but they’re few and far between. Their primary habitat, the Caraiba tree, has largely been deforested, leaving the macaws vulnerable. A few attempts to set up nature preserves near their original nesting sites are ongoing in the case that the wild macaw reports are true.
Meanwhile, around 100 exist in zoos and other preserves, and there may be a few more kept as pets. Attempts to breed more have faltered due to many of the captive birds being closely related, leading to an uptick in inbreeding, leading to enviable offspring.
More Information on Endangered or Extinct species and Source: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/g20955197/animals-almost-extinct/?slide=2
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